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Isn’t this just another level of bureaucracy?

While it is true that an additional step is needed for some projects, the benefits of protecting the rich architectural heritage found in the historic district area outweigh this added step.  The proposed historic district contains buildings 100 and even 200 years old. Without a local historic district, these gems that have lasted so long could be demolished or irreparably altered tomorrow.

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1. Why have a local historic district in the Falls?
2. Where did the idea of a local historic district in the Falls come from?
3. Where would the historic district be?
4. How would a Falls local historic district be created?
5. Who would be members of the historic district commission?
6. If my house were to be included in the local historic district, does that mean I have to make it look more historic?
7. What kinds of things would be reviewed by a historic district commission?
8. Does this mean I can’t paint my house any color I want?
9. If my building were located in a local historic district and I were constructing an addition, what would I have to do?
10. Isn’t this just another level of bureaucracy?
11. What will happen to the value of my property if a local historic district is established?
12. If my neighbors and I already maintain the historic character of our properties, why do we need an historic district?
13. How can I learn more about why and how local historic districts are established and maintained?
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